Nov 18, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Cameron Rodriguez of Elk City, Oklahoma celebrates with the Oklahoma City Thunder mascot after making a successful half court shot to win $20,000 during a break in action between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Denver Nuggets at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

NAIA to allow Cameron Rodriguez to keep $20,000 won at Thunder game

Remember Cameron Rodriguez? He is the player from Southwestern College who managed to hit a shot from half-court during an Oklahoma City Thunder game, winning himself a cool $20,000. Because of his status as an NAIA athlete, there were rumors that the governing body would force him to relinquish his winnings, which would have been idiotic for numerous reasons.

There’s been some good news, though: The NAIA has decided — in a ruling that really shouldn’t have taken longer than five minutes to determine — that Rodriguez will be allowed to retain his amateur status and use the money he won as a scholarship.

Wait, a reasonable and logical decision from a group in charge of protecting amateurism? Is today opposite day?

NAIA President and CEO Jim Carr announced the verdict:

We’re pleased with the decision from the membership and specifically the NEC that allows Cameron to keep his winnings to use towards his education. We feel the NAIA is the student-centered association in collegiate athletics, and this decision by our membership reflects that emphasis.

Woohoo! Everybody wins!


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